The second half of Seattle drone icons EARTH‘s “Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light” is being prepared for release on Southern Lord in North America this February 14 on CD, LP and digital download formats.
Recorded in the same two-week session as 2011’s lauded “Angels Of Darkness, Demons of Light I” by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, “Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II” carries on in the freely and folkloric vein of the last release and invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy than its predecessor.
“Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II” is striking in many ways, not least in the wildly improvised nature of this particular recording. The songs “Sigil Of Brass” and “The Corascene Dog” perfectly emphasize how the interplay between the foursome has evolved even further since the first installment. Meanwhile, the track “His Teeth Did Brightly Shine” veers further into an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation. This new material brings forth some highly original and deeply mesmerizing tones throughout, at times more hopeful and less dark and death oriented than previous work. “Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II” is ultimately a completely unanticipated direction for EARTH, and a very welcome one at that.
The lineup again consists of Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion (on this release there is more percussion of all sorts), Lori Goldston (NIRVANA, DAVID BYRNE, BLACK CAT ORCHESTRA, LAURA VEIRS) returns on cello, and Karl Blau (LAURA VEIRS, MICROPHONES) plays bass. This also marks the first time the band on the record has toured outside of the U.S. West Coast in preparation for the album. As with the first part, it again has truly amazing artwork by Stacey Rozich.
“Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II” track listing:
01. Sigil of Brass
02. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
03. Multiplicity of Doors
04. The Corascene Dog
05. The Rakehell